Sports February 3, 2012 - 11 Pelham~Windham Sports Lady Pythons Offer Cavalier Efforts, Boys Stretch Win Streak to Three
by Marc Ayotte If there ever was a team that played harder and better than their 3-8 record would indicate, the Lady Pythons would have to be right there in the mix. Despite their record, Coach Bob Shepard has his team playing competitively and with a purpose. Pelham just completed a brutal four game stretch in which three of their opponents, Bedford, Portsmouth and Hollis-Brookline, have a combined record of 29-5. On January 27, the Pythons traveled to the seacoast for a date with
Portsmouth. “We dug a hole that we could not fill back in” was how Shepard described his team’s first quarter slow start against the Clippers. Pelham fell behind 19-4 after the first eight minutes but hung tough and played Portsmouth point for point the remainder of the game, ultimately losing by the score of 55-40. According to the Python coach; “a bright point for the game was the play of Kathryn Mostone. Kathryn played great defense, gathered in eight rebounds, and scored a season high six points.” The Pythons actually outscored Portsmouth in the second half, primarily as a result of some long range shooting. Third quarter triples by Becca DeBaldo, Hannah Paitchel and Katelyn Surprenant enabled the Pythons to keep the pressure on the Clippers. DeBaldo used one of her ‘tres’ to lead Pelham in the scoring department with 11 points. Otherwise balanced scoring was received from Gina Grimes (8), Mostone with six, along with five apiece from Paitchel and Surprenant. On the last day of the month the Pythons hosted league leading and undefeated Hollis-Brookline in the Snake Pit. The Cavs roared into Pelham, proud owners of a 10-0 record, which included a 24- point drubbing of Pelham in the season opener. Another testimony
as to how much the Lady Panthers have improved during the season could be seen in Tuesday’s close loss to the number one ranked team in division II. With only :26.5 remaining on the clock, the Pythons were involved in a one-possession game, trailing 47-44. Unfortunately, a Pelham turnover on their next possession led to the Cavs escaping with the eventual 51-44 decision. After trailing by four at the end of one, things started to slip away from the Pythons during the second quarter. With Becca DeBaldo and Katelyn Surprenant getting into early foul trouble, H-B’s scoring phenom Katie Stopera went ballistic, dumping in eleven of her game high 24 points (19 in the first half). Stopera’s scoring spree gave the Cavs a 31-18 lead going into half time. As Shepard noted, being down that big at the half is “usually the death nail for us.” But this time, the Pythons answered the bell, outscoring Hollis-Brookline by seven in the second half. Earning the coach’s praise for their defensive efforts were DeBaldo, Kathryn Mostone and Brenda Pietrillo, with special mention going to Surprenant for her second half shutdown of Stopera. At the offensive end of the court, Gina Grimes led the way for Pelham with 14 points. Jordan Parece drained two three-pointers on her way to recording 12 points. Hannah Paitchel also chipped in with a ‘tres’ and finished with four points. The Pythons play the middle game of their three-game home stand
on Friday, February 3, when they go up against 2-8 ConVal. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. Boys Handle Hollis-Brookline The Pelham boys’ basketball team improved to 7-4 on the season with a 65-58 ‘vanilla-type’ of road win over Hollis Brookline on Tuesday, January 31. The win gives the Pythons their second, three game win streak of the season to go with one three game slide.
Coach Matt Regan, with some personnel as well as strategic changes during this last stretch, seems to have his Pythons back on track. The victory also eased a few pounding hearts in the Pelham basketball circle as they moved into eighth place in the standings, thus painting a somewhat prettier play-off picture. Although Pelham got out to a 13-11 lead after one, they found themselves trailing by a hoop at the half, 29-27. “Simple defensive changes” was what Regan strategized in the locker room at the intermission, saying, “that eliminated their penetration to the basket.” The Pythons outscored the Cavs by five in the third quarter to take a three-point lead into the final session. “We did the little things right at the end,” noted Regan as he specifically mentioned his team making 11 of 14 from the charity stripe during the final eight minutes. Derek DeFranzo resumed his recent leading scorer role by lighting
the Cavs up for 22 points. Brett Bailey had another strong offensive game, with a sweet 16-point effort. Rounding out the rest of the Pelham scorebook was: Anthony Spirou and Kevin Cheam with five apiece, Brad Pomerleau (4), Erik Nystrom (4) and Brian Finney with two. The Cavs came out in a man to man defense, much to the delight of Python point guard DeFranzo, who had been seeing a lot of zone defense of late; “After working the ball around I got some good opportunities to drive the lane,” also noting, “but I only got those looks because my teammates were all on the same page and got to the spots they needed to, allowing me to get those great looks”. The Pythons play again on Friday, February 8, when they go up
against ConVal on the road before returning home for a game against Sanborn Regional on Wednesday, February 8.
Wolf Pack Declaws Sabers, Win Seventh Straight
Inside the final five minutes, the stats sheet saw a lot of ink. With 4:15 left, W-P’s Zach Malone beautifully redirected a David Selden drive from the point passed Peterson, regaining a two-goal cushion for the Pack. Forty-two seconds later, the nettlesome Sabers battled back on an unassisted goal by Cullen Johnson, cutting the Souhegan deficit to 5-4. Porter Carelli abruptly put the Saber fans back in their seats, 29 seconds later with his second goal of the period with only 3:04 showing on the clock, giving the two goal lead back to the Pack. After a Wolf pack collapse in discipline resulted in simultaneous penalties with 2:42 remaining in regulation, the Sabers once again found themselves with a two-man advantage. Enduring a Donovan right blocker save on Souhegan’s Conor Casey, a Ben Ehrlich’s shot off the right post and another flashy glove save by Donovan on Casey, the Pack found themselves fortunate in escaping with the two goal win. Shots on goal for the game were: W-P 39 and Souhegan 26.
Behind the net, Porter Carelli gets ridden off the play too late as he celebrates stuffing the puck past the Saber goalie
Wolf Pack goalie Michael Donovan makes a nice positional save in theW-P’s 6-4 win over Souhegan
left pad of the Saber net minder; the goal was also Pardis’ 12th of the season, which quickly ‘re-tied’ him with Dustin Lubinger for the team lead. With Souhegan on a power play, Wolf pack’s Stephen Barton
displayed excellent fore-checking skills by stopping the Sabers’ attempt to exit their zone on a couple of occasions. Then at 4:57 of the middle period, the Pack increased their lead to 3-0 when Zach Malone scored the first of his two goals on the night with a short-handed tally.
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Tri-captain Korey Lubinger makes a diving bid for a shot on goal during third period action vs Souhegan at the Icenter
by Marc Ayotte The Icenter in Salem was the setting for a Division 3 hockey battle between third place Windham-Pelham and fourth place Souhegan of Amherst, on Wednesday, January 25. The Pack came into the contest with a 6-1 record, winners of six consecutive games after their season opening defeat to Alvirne. Souhegan, with a 7-1-1 mark, entered the pivotal matchup, reeling from an 8-5 defeat to Hollis-Brookline. Despite playing a very undisciplined third period, as evidenced by W-P picking up five minor penalties in the game’s final 10 minutes, Porter Carreli (2) and Zach Malone combined for three third period goals to lead the Pack to a 6-4 victory, solidifying its positioning ahead of the Sabers in the standings. The two teams got off to a brisk start offensively, forcing goalies
Ryan Peterson (SOU) and the Pack’s Michael Donovan to make great pad saves in the first 90 seconds of action. W-P struck first, when on a dazzling pass from behind the Saber’s net, Dustin Lubinger made good on his older brother Korey’s feed, by beating Peterson for a 1-0 lead at 8:26; it was ‘D-Lube’s’ team leading 12th tally of the season. Four minutes later Zach Malone fed line mate Brian Barnard in the slot, but Peterson made a brilliant left pad save on Barnard’s backhand. With :49 remaining in the first period, Alec Paradis scored a power play goal to increase the Pack lead to 2-0. While perfectly positioned just outside the top of the crease, Paradis’ third whack at the loose puck resulted in it sliding past the outstretched
the scoreboard for the first time with a goal by freshman forward Stevie Upton. The ensuing five minutes saw the Pack commit three penalties, the third of which led to Mike Hayden’s power play goal, pulling his Sabers to within a goal at 3-2, with 4:47 left in the period. A late flurry in front of the Souhegan net did not result in a goal and despite dictating the flow of the game and out- shooting the Sabers 26-10, the Pack found themselves holding a precarious one-goal lead heading into the final period. The Pack pounced on the Sabers to start the third, scoring just 20 seconds in. Porter Carelli’s shot from low in the face-off circle beat Peterson glove side, just inside the right post; with assists going to Nick Neary and John Monahan. In a stretch of two minutes and seven seconds during the middle third of the period, W-P once again committed three penalties, finding themselves down two skaters on two different occasions. After fighting off the visitor’s power play, the Pack’s penalty killing finally succumbed to the Sabers, as Upton’s second goal of the game pulled Souhegan to within a goal, at 4-3 with 6:22 remaining.
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